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24th Jul '17 12:47:06 AM infernape612
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* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe'[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she tempts fate by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].

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* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe'[='s=] ''VideoGame/RememberMe''[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she tempts fate by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].
14th Jul '17 8:57:05 AM HiddenWindshield
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* At TheClimax of the Creator/TomClancy Ryanverse novel ''Literature/PatriotGames'', after the BigBad is taken into custody, one of the Marines that joined Ryan on the would-be escape ship points out that if John had really wanted to kill the terrorist (whose head he had his gun to), he'd have had the safety off. As a part of the "Green Machine" legacy himself, Ryan would be more than familiar with the safety of the pistol he was holding, although the narration implied that Ryan had not consciously ''realized'' that he kept the safety off.

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* At TheClimax of the Creator/TomClancy Ryanverse novel ''Literature/PatriotGames'', after the BigBad is taken into custody, one of the Marines that joined Ryan on the would-be escape ship points out that if John had really wanted to kill the terrorist (whose head he had his gun to), he'd have had the safety off. As a part of the "Green Machine" legacy himself, Ryan would be more than familiar with the safety of the pistol he was holding, although the narration implied that Ryan had not consciously ''realized'' that he kept the safety off.on.
8th Mar '17 9:44:39 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[MatthewReilly Ice Station]]'' uses a type 2. Shane Schofield gives his ally James Renshaw a pistol, who then uses it to hold up [[BigBad Barnaby]]. Barnaby just laughs and pulls out his own gun because Renshaw didn't chamber a round. Renshaw decided to run before he was shot.

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* ''[[MatthewReilly Ice Station]]'' ''Literature/IceStation'' by Creator/MatthewReilly uses a type 2. Shane Schofield gives his ally James Renshaw a pistol, who then uses it to hold up [[BigBad Barnaby]]. Barnaby just laughs and pulls out his own gun because Renshaw didn't chamber a round. Renshaw decided to run before he was shot.
6th Mar '17 6:05:36 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''Fanfic/{{Ultrasonic}}'' has a variant when Nick's jailbreak of Marinette is interrupted by an unnamed tiger police officer, who shoots at Nick and narrowly misses. Nick points out that it's a new model of gun whose safety turns back on automatically when the magazine is emptied. This gives Nick an opening to kick his own tranquiliser gun at the tiger and for the two to get away.
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15th Feb '17 11:04:05 PM Doug86
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* The ''Franchise/DoctorWho'' comic-strip adventure "The Bronze Men," serialized in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', has the Fourth Doctor use this to bluff his gun-wielding foe while he gets a door open with his Sonic Screwdriver. Justified, too, in that said foe was a man in 15th Century China with a 23rd Century-era blaster--he wouldn't have known what a safety catch ''was''.

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* The ''Franchise/DoctorWho'' ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|ExpandedUniverse}}'' comic-strip adventure "The Bronze Men," "Dragon's Claw," serialized in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', has the Fourth Doctor use this to bluff his gun-wielding foe while he gets a door open with his Sonic Screwdriver.sonic screwdriver. Justified, too, in that said foe was a man in 15th Century China with a 23rd Century-era blaster--he wouldn't have known what a safety catch ''was''.



* This happens to One-Round, the DumbMuscle member of the gang in the 1955 version of ''Film/TheLadykillers.''

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* This happens to One-Round, the DumbMuscle member of the gang in the 1955 version of ''Film/TheLadykillers.''''Film/TheLadykillers''.



29th Jan '17 6:39:47 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''{{Comicbook/Hitman}}'': [[AntiClimaxBoss Marc Navaronne]] spent years honing his ImprobableAimingSkills to kill Tommy and avenge [[YouKilledMyFather his father Johnny's death]]. When he finally gets the drop on Tommy, he forgets his safety is on.
-->'''Tommy''': You've never shot at a person before, have you? [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog Well, you never will.]] ]]
* The trope picture is from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', and that's protagonist Jesse Custer giving the would-be shooter [[GroinAttack the boot]]. The artist omits the manual safety on the man's 1911, but does show the hammer as down, so it wouldn't fire anyway.

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* ''{{Comicbook/Hitman}}'': [[AntiClimaxBoss Marc Navaronne]] Navaronne spent years honing his ImprobableAimingSkills to kill Tommy and avenge [[YouKilledMyFather his father Johnny's death]]. When he finally gets the drop on Tommy, he forgets his safety is on.
-->'''Tommy''': You've never shot at a person before, have you? [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog Well, you never will.]] ]]
* The trope picture is from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', and that's protagonist Jesse Custer giving the would-be shooter [[GroinAttack the boot]].boot. The artist omits the manual safety on the man's 1911, but does show the hammer as down, so it wouldn't fire anyway.



* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', hero John [=McClane=] (BruceWillis) gives his reluctant ally Zeus (Creator/SamuelLJackson) a submachine gun lifted from a fallen mook to defend himself as they search the bad guys' boat, even giving him a short primer on how to use the gun. Zeus later comes upon BigBad Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) and holds him at gunpoint; Simon takes the gun away, casually notes (of course) he's got the safety on, flips off the safety and shoots him.

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* In ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', hero John [=McClane=] (BruceWillis) (Creator/BruceWillis) gives his reluctant ally Zeus (Creator/SamuelLJackson) a submachine gun lifted from a fallen mook to defend himself as they search the bad guys' boat, even giving him a short primer on how to use the gun. Zeus later comes upon BigBad Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons) and holds him at gunpoint; Simon takes the gun away, casually notes (of course) he's got the safety on, flips off the safety and shoots him.



** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': [[MythologyGag In homage to the above example]], Bond gets another signature gun from Q, saving his life when a hapless guy in the Komodo dragon pit tries and fails to shoot him with it.
* ''Film/TheRock'': Just after Goodspeed and Mason's Navy SEAL teammates are all drawn into a trap and killed, Goodspeed tries to stop Mason from leaving by pulling his pistol on him. Mason replies that [[DefensiveFailure Goodspeed doesn't have what it takes to kill him]], adding "Besides, the safety's on" before grabbing the gun away.

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** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': [[MythologyGag In homage to the above example]], example, Bond gets another signature gun from Q, saving his life when a hapless guy in the Komodo dragon pit tries and fails to shoot him with it.
* ''Film/TheRock'': Just after Goodspeed and Mason's Navy SEAL teammates are all drawn into a trap and killed, Goodspeed tries to stop Mason from leaving by pulling his pistol on him. Mason replies that [[DefensiveFailure Goodspeed doesn't have what it takes to kill him]], him, adding "Besides, the safety's on" before grabbing the gun away.



* Perhaps the ultimate example is the [[CoolGun Lawgiver 2]] in ''Film/JudgeDredd'', which electrocutes any non-Judge who tries to fire it. It's also a subversion, as the one person who attempts to lampshade this gets shot - turns out the man he's addressing ''is'' a Judge.

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* Perhaps the ultimate example is the [[CoolGun Lawgiver 2]] 2 in ''Film/JudgeDredd'', which electrocutes any non-Judge who tries to fire it. It's also a subversion, as the one person who attempts to lampshade this gets shot - -- turns out the man he's addressing ''is'' a Judge.



** Fun bit of trivia: during this scene, you can see a red light briefly flash on the front of the phaser prop. [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace this is set off by the trigger of the prop, as a sign to the SFX department to add a phaser beam effect in post]].

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** Fun bit of trivia: during this scene, you can see a red light briefly flash on the front of the phaser prop. [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace this is set off by the trigger of the prop, as a sign to the SFX department to add a phaser beam effect in post]].post.



* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', the sheriff suffers a fatal accident in Tucker and Dale's cabin. One of the panicking college kids takes the sheriff's gun and tries to kill Tucker and Dale, but fails thanks to the safety. Dale ''[[TooDumbToLive helpfully points this out to him]]'' while Tucker gives him a look that just screams "What the hell is wrong with you". Fortunately for Tucker and Dale the kid ''[[TooDumbToLive points the gun at his own face]]'' while trying to disable the safety, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace with predictable results]].

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* In ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'', the sheriff suffers a fatal accident in Tucker and Dale's cabin. One of the panicking college kids takes the sheriff's gun and tries to kill Tucker and Dale, but fails thanks to the safety. Dale ''[[TooDumbToLive helpfully ''helpfully points this out to him]]'' him'' while Tucker gives him a look that just screams "What the hell is wrong with you". Fortunately for Tucker and Dale the kid ''[[TooDumbToLive points ''points the gun at his own face]]'' face'' while trying to disable the safety, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace with predictable results]].results.



* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' has one on the PoweredArmor worn by the soldiers. Bill Cage struggles to unlock it (at a certain point, he even changes the language of the armor computer to Japanese), but, once [[GroundhogDayLoop he's forced to do it again]], comes to learn the way.

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* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' has one on the PoweredArmor worn by the soldiers. Bill Cage struggles to unlock it (at a certain point, he even changes the language of the armor computer to Japanese), but, once [[GroundhogDayLoop he's forced to do it again]], again, comes to learn the way.



* At TheClimax of the Creator/TomClancy Ryanverse novel ''Literature/PatriotGames'', after the BigBad is taken into custody, one of the Marines that joined Ryan on the would-be escape ship points out that if John had really wanted to kill the terrorist (whose head he had his gun to), he'd have had the safety off. As a part of the "[[SemperFi Green Machine]]" legacy himself, Ryan would be more than familiar with the safety of the pistol he was holding, although the narration implied that Ryan had not consciously ''realized'' that he kept the safety off.

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* At TheClimax of the Creator/TomClancy Ryanverse novel ''Literature/PatriotGames'', after the BigBad is taken into custody, one of the Marines that joined Ryan on the would-be escape ship points out that if John had really wanted to kill the terrorist (whose head he had his gun to), he'd have had the safety off. As a part of the "[[SemperFi Green Machine]]" "Green Machine" legacy himself, Ryan would be more than familiar with the safety of the pistol he was holding, although the narration implied that Ryan had not consciously ''realized'' that he kept the safety off.



-->'''Moist:''' Just as I thought. You forgot to take the cap off. [[LampshadeHanging It's the kind of mistake amateurs always make!]]
** Inverted in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; When Detritus first hefts up the [[{{BFG}}hundred-pound siegebow]] later known as the Piecemaker to threaten an armourer, Corporal Nobbs expresses (possibly insincere) hope that the safety catch ''is'' on, and that the armorer has properly maintained it as it was known to succumb readily to metal fatigue. Detritus's reply: "[[OhCrap What are a safety catch?]]" (By ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Vimes has taught Detritus that "When Mister Safety Catch Is Not On, Mister Crossbow Is Not Your Friend".)
* There is a memorable scene in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Reamde}}'' where Zula jams her finger between the hammer and firing pin of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Abdallah Jones']] pistol, allowing Csongor to shoot Jones without worrying about [[HumanShield Zula's safety.]]]]

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-->'''Moist:''' Just as I thought. You forgot to take the cap off. [[LampshadeHanging It's the kind of mistake amateurs always make!]]
make!
** Inverted in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; When Detritus first hefts up the [[{{BFG}}hundred-pound siegebow]] hundred-pound siegebow later known as the Piecemaker to threaten an armourer, Corporal Nobbs expresses (possibly insincere) hope that the safety catch ''is'' on, and that the armorer has properly maintained it as it was known to succumb readily to metal fatigue. Detritus's reply: "[[OhCrap What "What are a safety catch?]]" catch?" (By ''Discworld/NightWatch'', Vimes has taught Detritus that "When Mister Safety Catch Is Not On, Mister Crossbow Is Not Your Friend".)
* There is a memorable scene in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Reamde}}'' where Zula jams her finger between the hammer and firing pin of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Abdallah Jones']] pistol, allowing Csongor to shoot Jones without worrying about [[HumanShield Zula's safety.]]]] ]]



* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan Vorpatril jumps a slaver who is pointing a stunner-beam at him. Ivan later reveals that the stunner in question was his, and was keyed to his own finger-prints, meaning that no one else could make it work.

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* In ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'', Ivan Vorpatril jumps a slaver who is pointing a stunner-beam at him. Ivan later reveals that the stunner in question was his, and was keyed to his own finger-prints, fingerprints, meaning that no one else could make it work.



* Not really a gun, but in ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] scuppers a plan to hold him at laser-screwdriver-point by setting it so [[LoyalPhlebotinum it only works for him]].[[note]]In a shout-out to "Pyramids of Mars," it's said to have "isomorphic controls."[[/note]] He is then able to steal it back and [[KickTheDog nick the protagonist's mother with it]].

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* Not really a gun, but in ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] Master scuppers a plan to hold him at laser-screwdriver-point by setting it so [[LoyalPhlebotinum it only works for him]].him.[[note]]In a shout-out to "Pyramids of Mars," it's said to have "isomorphic controls."[[/note]] He is then able to steal it back and [[KickTheDog nick the protagonist's mother with it]].it.



** Later Michael has two guns pointed at him, he manages to convince the owners to put them down, before commenting that that week's [[BigBad big bad's]] Dragon had the safety on on his gun.

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** Later Michael has two guns pointed at him, he manages to convince the owners to put them down, before commenting that that week's [[BigBad big bad's]] bad's Dragon had the safety on on his gun.



** Similarly, in "The Girls' Night Out Job", Sophie tells a thug pointing a gun at her that the safety is on. While he's checking the gun, Tara comes up behind him and breaks a vase over his head, commenting that the safety was off. [[BadassBoast "Not to a grifter."]]

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** Similarly, in "The Girls' Night Out Job", Sophie tells a thug pointing a gun at her that the safety is on. While he's checking the gun, Tara comes up behind him and breaks a vase over his head, commenting that the safety was off. [[BadassBoast "Not to a grifter."]]"



* The captain pulls this on Ken in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] episode ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. It's justified, Ken's from an alien race that uses lasers instead of bullets.

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* The captain pulls this on Ken in the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/FugitiveAlien''. It's justified, Ken's from an alien race that uses lasers instead of bullets.



* In an episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Centurions have boarded the ship. [[NonActionGuy Billy]] is about to help a Marine flank two that are fighting Lee, Jammer and two other Marines... but not before Dualla reminds him to remove the safety. Note that the safety was on in the first place because Dee told him to use it before [[PantsPositiveSafety putting the gun in his pants]].

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* In an episode of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', Centurions have boarded the ship. [[NonActionGuy Billy]] Billy is about to help a Marine flank two that are fighting Lee, Jammer and two other Marines... but not before Dualla reminds him to remove the safety. Note that the safety was on in the first place because Dee told him to use it before [[PantsPositiveSafety putting the gun in his pants]].



* In the second episode of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[MeetCute Andrea threatens to shoot Rick]] for bringing a hoarde of "walkers" to their location. Later, he advises her to take the safety off next time, and even gives her a quick lesson in handling a gun. She points it at him again in the sixth episode, and mentions she knows how the safety works ([[ShownTheirWork and it actually is off]]). Earlier in the pilot, Rick tells an inexperienced deputy to make sure he had a round chambered and the safety off ([[CriticalResearchFailure despite being a Glock, which has no manual safety]]). He then racks the slide to chamber a round, then presses the slide stop release.
** [[FridgeBrilliance The deputy seems rather new and naïve]], perhaps he was being [[SnipeHunt hazed.]]

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* In the second episode of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', [[MeetCute Andrea threatens to shoot Rick]] Rick for bringing a hoarde horde of "walkers" to their location. Later, he advises her to take the safety off next time, and even gives her a quick lesson in handling a gun. She points it at him again in the sixth episode, and mentions she knows how the safety works ([[ShownTheirWork and (and it actually is off]]). off). Earlier in the pilot, Rick tells an inexperienced deputy to make sure he had a round chambered and the safety off ([[CriticalResearchFailure despite (despite being a Glock, which has no manual safety]]). safety). He then racks the slide to chamber a round, then presses the slide stop release.
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release, though the deputy seems rather new and naïve]], naïve, perhaps he was being [[SnipeHunt hazed.]]



* Happens in an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Sam is being held hostage by a woman he's been charged to protect (although, the person he's leaped into is really in cahoots with the bad guy, and the woman has just found out). Subverted in that it is Al who tells Sam that the safety is on. Since he is a hologram and the woman can't see him, he can examine the gun closely and at length. Also, the woman checks by actually trying to fire the gun, which doesn't work, and then [[ThrowAwayGuns throws the gun at Sam]]. [[FridgeLogic Which is strange when you think about it]] because that basically meant [[TooDumbToLive she gave a man who she thinks wants to kill her a loaded gun]].

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* Happens in an episode of ''Series/QuantumLeap''. Sam is being held hostage by a woman he's been charged to protect (although, the person he's leaped into is really in cahoots with the bad guy, and the woman has just found out). Subverted in that it is Al who tells Sam that the safety is on. Since he is a hologram and the woman can't see him, he can examine the gun closely and at length. Also, the woman checks by actually trying to fire the gun, which doesn't work, and then [[ThrowAwayGuns throws the gun at Sam]]. [[FridgeLogic Sam. Which is strange when you think about it]] it because that basically meant [[TooDumbToLive she gave a man who she thinks wants to kill her a loaded gun]].gun.



* Played straight twice in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series; in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' when Snake meets Meryl he tells her she doesn't have what it takes to shoot him, ending with "You haven't even taken the safety off, rookie." [[note]]Due to this being on the PSX, the safety is ''barely'' visible on the gun's model, and is in the trigger guard rather than the usual position on the frame. The fact that Snake was familiar enough with the uncommon weapon to know where the safety was and was able to tell it was on in the instant or two he had a good look at it speaks to his skills as a soldier.[[/note]]
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines after the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [[RareGuns XM8]]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military.
** Naked Snake does this to Ocelot twice in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''; the first time, his Makarov jams because he's tried to load it improperly,[[note]]He pulled the slide back to ensure there was a fresh round in the chamber before pulling the trigger; he was trying to copy a move he had heard of to show off, but let go of the slide too soon and ended up catching the previous round in the ejection port.[[/note]] and the second time, because he's used to the Makarov's eight-round magazine, he doesn't realize that his new [[RevolversAreJustBetter Single Action Army]] [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets runs out after six shots]].

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* Played straight twice in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series; in series:
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''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' when Snake meets Meryl he tells her she doesn't have what it takes to shoot him, ending with "You haven't even taken the safety off, rookie." [[note]]Due to this being on the PSX, the safety is ''barely'' visible on the gun's model, and is in the trigger guard rather than the usual position on the frame. The fact that Snake was familiar enough with the uncommon weapon to know where the safety was and was able to tell it was on in the instant or two he had a good look at it speaks to his skills as a soldier.[[/note]]
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', he snatches Johnny Sasaki's gun away after almost exactly the same lines after the less experienced soldier visually inspects his [[RareGuns XM8]].[=XM8=]. Since the [=XM8=] was designed to evoke muscle memory from years of training with the M16 family, and it's almost impossible to pass even rudimentary military training without being able to tell the safety's position by feel, this succeeds in making Johnny look like an absolute moron. Snake even sardonically asks how someone like him lasted ten years in the military.
** Naked Snake does this to Ocelot twice in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}''; the first time, his Makarov jams because he's tried to load it improperly,[[note]]He pulled the slide back to ensure there was a fresh round in the chamber before pulling the trigger; he was trying to copy a move he had heard of to show off, but let go of the slide too soon and ended up catching the previous round in the ejection port.[[/note]] and the second time, because he's used to the Makarov's eight-round magazine, he doesn't realize that his new [[RevolversAreJustBetter Single Action Army]] [[ItWorksBetterWithBullets Army runs out after six shots]].shots.



* An inversion happens in the original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', when Max runs into [[FemmeFatale Mona Sax]], her signature [[SmallGirlBigGun Desert Eagle]] aimed [[MexicanStandoff point-blank into his face]]. He returns the favor with his own Beretta, [[GunpointBanter uttering]]: "Your safety's off, EvilTwin. You could hurt somebody with that gun of yours."

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* An inversion happens in the original ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', when Max runs into [[FemmeFatale Mona Sax]], Sax, her signature [[SmallGirlBigGun Desert Eagle]] Eagle aimed [[MexicanStandoff point-blank into his face]]. face. He returns the favor with his own Beretta, [[GunpointBanter uttering]]: uttering: "Your safety's off, EvilTwin. You could hurt somebody with that gun of yours."



* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe''[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she [[TemptingFate tempts fate]] by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].

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* In the preview showcasing ''VideoGame/RememberMe''[='s=] ''VideoGame/RememberMe'[='s=] Memory Manipulation mechanic, Nilin is trying to make her victim believe he killed someone. When he grabs his gun, however, the intended victim mocks him because she knows he always leaves the safety on. She's so confident about this that she [[TemptingFate tempts fate]] fate by [[spoiler:walking right up to him and grabbing the barrel of the gun]].



* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''. A random encounter character accuses [[PlayerCharacter Huang]] of supplying him with defective guns. [[DeadpanSnarker Huang]] suggests turning the safety off, so the man does [[spoiler: [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace and accidentally kills several bystanders]].]]
* An inversion of the second type occurs in ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', "Atlas Mugged". Despite [[BlatantLies constantly insisting that he knows how to fire a gun]], villain Vasquez just can't figure out how to shoot Rhys. Rhys can either use this time to escape, [[NonStandardGameOver wait until he does figure it out]], or [[ViolationOfCommonSense politely disable the safety for him]].

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''. A random encounter character accuses [[PlayerCharacter Huang]] Huang of supplying him with defective guns. [[DeadpanSnarker Huang]] Huang suggests turning the safety off, so the man does [[spoiler: [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace and accidentally kills several bystanders]].]]
bystanders]].
* An inversion of the second type occurs in ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', "Atlas Mugged". Despite [[BlatantLies constantly insisting that he knows how to fire a gun]], gun, villain Vasquez just can't figure out how to shoot Rhys. Rhys can either use this time to escape, [[NonStandardGameOver wait until he does figure it out]], out, or [[ViolationOfCommonSense politely disable the safety for him]].
him.



* Subverted in the trick ending of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' [[spoiler:when Ange understands [[BodyguardBetrayal what Amakusa's mission really is]] and holds him at gunpoint with a Tokarev. The latter tries to get away with this trope, but fails since Ange knows that a Tokarev has no safety lock.]]

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* Subverted in the trick ending of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' [[spoiler:when Ange understands [[BodyguardBetrayal what Amakusa's mission really is]] is and holds him at gunpoint with a Tokarev. The latter tries to get away with this trope, but fails since Ange knows that a Tokarev has no safety lock.lock (besides Chinese-made versions).]]



--> '''Commander''' : Th' safety's on. It's still on. [[RecklessGunUsage Now yer holding it upside down]]. That's a good way to t' blast yer fingers off. Naw, that'll just eject the magazine.

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--> '''Commander''' : Th' safety's on. It's still on. [[RecklessGunUsage Now yer holding it upside down]].down. That's a good way to t' blast yer fingers off. Naw, that'll just eject the magazine.



* Massad Ayoob wrote in his eponymous column for ''American Handgunner'' of a Florida cab driver whose life was saved by this trope. The driver picked up a fare who'd earlier stolen a Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Before long, attempted robbery turned into attempted murder after the driver refused to give up his wallet. What the robber didn't know was that the stolen pistol's safety was engaged (the owner left it on), which disconnected the trigger from the rest of the firing mechanism. Even more unfortunately for the robber, the driver was [[EveryoneIsArmed armed]] and [[GenreSavvy well]] [[CombatPragmatist aware]] of [[OhCrap how to disengage the safety of his own pistol]]. [[TooDumbToLive The robber did not survive.]]
* Subverted in the reason why many handguns oriented towards the law enforcement duty weapon or self-defense markets are double action without a manual safety. In both situations, the number of times the weapon will be fired "in anger" will be rare indeed. Hence a trigger mechanism that allows one to simply draw and fire, without the need to cock the hammer or manipulate a safety catch. Precautions against accidental discharge are provided by other safety mechanisms (e.g. grip and/or trigger safeties).

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* Massad Ayoob wrote in his eponymous column for ''American Handgunner'' of a Florida cab driver whose life was saved by this trope. The driver picked up a fare who'd earlier stolen a Smith and Wesson 9mm semiautomatic pistol. Before long, attempted robbery turned into attempted murder after the driver refused to give up his wallet. What the robber didn't know was that the stolen pistol's safety was engaged (the owner left it on), which disconnected the trigger from the rest of the firing mechanism. Even more unfortunately for the robber, the driver was [[EveryoneIsArmed armed]] armed and [[GenreSavvy well]] [[CombatPragmatist aware]] well aware of [[OhCrap how to disengage the safety of his own pistol]]. [[TooDumbToLive pistol. The robber did not survive.]]
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* Subverted in This is the reason why many handguns oriented towards the law enforcement duty weapon or self-defense markets are double action or striker-fired without a manual safety. In both situations, the number of times the weapon will be fired "in anger" will be rare indeed. Hence a trigger mechanism that allows one to simply draw and fire, without the need to cock the hammer or manipulate a safety catch. Precautions against accidental discharge are provided by other safety mechanisms or design features (e.g. grip and/or trigger safeties).safeties, heavy trigger pull, firing pin blocker).



* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later [[IMeantToDoThat she claimed that was deliberate]].

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* [[UsefulNotes/CharlesManson Manson Family member]] Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme's attempt to assassinate President UsefulNotes/GeraldFord reportedly failed because the .45 semiautomatic she used didn't have a round chambered; although years later [[IMeantToDoThat she claimed that was deliberate]].deliberate.
29th Jan '17 6:13:36 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Frasier threatens Sam with a revolver. Sam tells him that he can't shoot him, making Frasier angrily mock that he's making that assumption on his belief Frasier doesn't have it in him and Sam doesn't view him as a threat. Sam replies that he can see the chambers of the revolver are empty.
-->'''Frasier:''' ''(sighing)'' Bested me yet again.
23rd Dec '16 4:07:48 AM JackG
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* ''Manhunt in the Jungle'' (1958). The evil native chief gets hold of the explorer's rifle and goes to shoot him with it, but nothing happens. The explorer takes the rifle back, surreptitiously clicks off the safety and shoots a bird flying overhead, proving that only MightyWhitey can fire the deadly stick!
17th Dec '16 2:16:04 PM Premonition45
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* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' rookie agent Rosie Carver finds a hidden arsenal in Quarrel Junior's boat and confronts him with a revolver, only to be told she's left the safety catch on. This is a little odd, since while revolvers ''can'' have safeties, most (such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_19 hers]]) don't have a catch to operate them.

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* ''Film/JamesBond'':
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In the ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', rookie agent Rosie Carver finds a hidden arsenal in Quarrel Junior's boat and confronts him with a revolver, only to be told she's left the safety catch on. This is a little odd, since while revolvers ''can'' have safeties, most (such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_19 hers]]) don't have a catch to operate them.them.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'': Q gives Bond a "signature gun" that will only fire when it registers Bond's palm print on the stock. This saves Bond's life when a ninja snatches it and tries to shoot Bond.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': [[MythologyGag In homage to the above example]], Bond gets another signature gun from Q, saving his life when a hapless guy in the Komodo dragon pit tries and fails to shoot him with it.
25th Nov '16 11:44:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** A similar occasion occurs later on in the series, except instead Michael notes that the contact, Seymour was using hollowpoints. Seymour expresses surprise that Michael could tell just by looking at it, allowing Michael an opportunity to wrestle the gun away again. Seymour acknowledges that Michael is indeed a {{Badass}}. Then again, Seymour's an idiot.

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** A similar occasion occurs later on in the series, except instead Michael notes that the contact, Seymour was using hollowpoints. Seymour expresses surprise that Michael could tell just by looking at it, allowing Michael an opportunity to wrestle the gun away again. Seymour acknowledges that Michael is indeed a {{Badass}}.badass. Then again, Seymour's an idiot.
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